WMCC 2013: Day 3 Early Round-up

Canada continued their winning ways in Monday's seventh session of round-robin play at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship in Victoria, Canada with an emphatic 7-2 win over Switzerland in just eight ends that kept their unbeaten record going.

Sweden defeated Czech Republic this afternoon after defeat USA earlier Photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

The Swiss had a chance to score big in the second end of this game, but their skip Sven Michel wrecked on his way into the house. After that, it was really all-Canadian traffic. They scored two points in the third end, stole two points in the fourth end and a further single steal of one point in the fifth end which gave them a comfortable 6-1 half-time lead. The teams swapped singles in the second half of the game before the Swiss conceded at 7-2.

After this game, Canada third Ryan Fry, said: "We’re not looking too far ahead; we are just going to keep playing the way we’ve been playing and hopefully the results keep coming. We're just going to try to keep backing each other up and hopefully keep making those shots."
China played in both day-time sessions on Monday, and won in both. In the morning, they had a 7-5 win over Japan and followed that up in the afternoon session of play with a 6-3 win over Russia. These results give them the lofty position of joint second position in the standings, on four wins and one loss.

The loss to China was Russia's second defeat of the day. Earlier they had gone down by 6-8 to Denmark. They have now suffered five successive defeats, and, along with Finland, who went to zero wins and four losses following their 4-7 defeat to Norway in the afternoon, they remain win-less.

Norway have had to change their regular line-up this week and, when asked about this, skip Thomas Ulsrud said: "It's a bit surprising that we're going so well (with an enforced team line-up). The coach talked about it last night saying he was a bit surprised at how well things are going. The first game was a bit troubling for us, but I'm happy. When we look at the schedule we've got in front of us...we're in a good spot."

Sweden were also involved in both the early Monday sessions, and won in both. In the morning they faced USA who took the early lead when skip Brady Clark played a nice double take-out to score two points and take a 2-0 lead.

However, the tide turned in the seventh end when Sweden's skip Niklas Edin played into a busy house to score four points and give the European champions the lead for the first time in the game, by 6-4.

The game went to an extra end and, in this, Swedish skip Edin drew into the house to score the one point that gave him a 7-6 win.

In the afternoon, they faced the Czech Republic. They scored two points for a 5-2 lead in the sixth end and followed that up with a single point score in the eighth. Although Czech skip Jiri Snitil came back with a single point in the ninth, it was not enough, as Sweden won by 7-4.

After the Czech game, Edin said: "That was the best game by far from our team. It was really solid and we controlled it. We will be playing more attacking like this game and the last game. We tried to play the same strategy against the USA and got a bad start and that turned into a whole different situation. This time we played really good".

This was the second defeat of the day for the Czech team. In the morning session they had been overpowered by Scotland. In the sixth end of this game, Scotland scored two for 5-2 lead when skip David Murdoch hit and stayed with his last stone, while in the seventh end, Snitil drew for one point to reduce the Scottish lead to 5-3. But it was not enough, as the Scots emerged as 7-3 winners.

Afterwards, Murdoch said: "We came on with a lot of energy and were really firing from the start. We just really bossed the game from start to finish. That was really great to see from the guys."

Session 6:
Sweden 7, USA 6 (extra end); Denmark 8, Russia 6; Japan 5, China 7; Scotland 7, Czech Republic 3.
Session 7: China 6, Russia 3; Finland 4, Norway 7; Sweden 7, Czech Republic 4; Canada 7, Switzerland 2.

Standings after 7 sessions:
Canada won 4, lost 0
China 4-1
Sweden 4-1
Norway 3-1
Scotland 3-1
Switzerland 2-2
Denmark 2-2
Czech Republic 2-3
Japan 1-3
USA 1-3
Finland 0-4
Russia 0-5

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The World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Beijing, China from 29 March to 6 April.